Student Testimonials

David Kovacs, M.S.

“I often thought how great it would be if I could work full-time helping others in this capacity.” David Kovacs shares what compelled him to seek a career in psychology after pursuing other callings. See other testimonials like David’s.



When did you realize you wanted a career as a psychologist?

I figured out pretty early in life that I wanted to help people. How I was going to do that however, changed various times along the way to IPS.

In my senior year of high school, I felt that God was calling me to serve Him and others through the priesthood. I subsequently entered the seminary of the Legion of Christ but after 11 years, I realized that God was not calling me to be a doctor of souls in this way.

I returned to Raleigh, NC, and I began working at a small Catholic college prep academy as the dean of students. I taught several classes as well, but most of my time was spent dealing with discipline issues and caring for the students, including counseling them.

While I immensely enjoyed working at the school, the part I enjoyed the most was when a student would enter my office and talk to me about what was going on in his or her life. I often thought how great it would be if I could work full-time helping others in this capacity.

One of my colleagues at the academy who had counseling experience suggested that I consider entering the field of psychology.  Around this same time I began to feel that God was pushing me in a new direction, so I took these promptings seriously.

I had heard about IPS during my seminary years and always thought it was a great and necessary endeavor.  I contacted IPS to see what was required to enter their program.

Summer was quickly approaching so I held out little of hope of starting graduate studies the following fall.  Changes in my life were happening very quickly however, and before I knew it, I was accepted into the Fall 2011 program and moving to the DC area.

What has your experience been like as an IPS student?

My experience at IPS has been all that I could have imagined. The community is truly unique and the professors are experts, as well as true Catholic Christians. The smaller environment lends itself to collegiality and fraternity, and is itself a home away from home.

Now that you have earned your Master’s Degree, what is next?

I graduated this spring with an M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and I’m continuing my studies in the doctoral program.

God also threw in another wonderful, unexpected bonus…and I met my future wife Amy and am engaged to be married this fall.

With God’s continued grace, I will finish my Psy.D. Degree in three years and will be a psychologist – a healer of souls in a different way than I initially thought – but still striving to extend the healing hand of God to my suffering brothers and sisters.